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8 Steps To Start Golfing: A Guide For Men

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As golf becomes more popular in the United States, many men are interested in learning how to play. However, golf can seem like an intimidating sport with a steep learning curve for beginners. This is not true! Golf is actually one of the most accessible sports out there, and it doesn’t take much time or money to learn how to play. In this blog post we will discuss all you need to know about starting golf today by giving you a quick guide on where to go and what to do.

1) Get equipment

Step one on your golf journey is to get some equipment! There are many types of clubs available, but the beginner golfers club set should include a driver, fairway hybrid, irons including pitching wedge then a putter.

You can also find a complete starter kit with all these included, or you can customize your own set by purchasing individual pieces. If you want to purchase an all-inclusive set right off the bat, here is a great beginner set. Buy Here.

The BEST option?

  • Borrow equipment from relatives. Most golfers start out with used equipment from their father or grandfather. Every veteran golfer has one or two bags of old clubs sitting in their garage just WAITING to be given away. My first set was from my grandfather. The second set from my father-in-law, only on my third set did I actually purchase clubs.
  • If no one in your family golfs or your relationship isn’t on that level try thrift stores. Thrift stores like Goodwill ALWAYS have buckets of clubs for 1 or 2 dollars each. You can get a whole set for under $20.
  • No luck at the thrift store and want to save lots of $? Flea markets, garage sales, and estate sales are known for having amazing finds for golf. To make life easy for you here’s a handy Garage Sale Finder https://garagesalefinder.com/
  • If you are willing to put some money down a great resource is globalgolf.com They have used and new equipment for every type of golfer.
 

2) Learn how to hold the club

After you’ve acquired clubs the first step is learning how to hold them. I know what you’re thinking and YES it’s that important and NO it’s not that straightforward. Holding a golf club isn’t hard, but it can make or break your game. When you’re just starting out, you want to be set up correctly.

I’ve golfed with many people who are 20 years in and still are making basic mistakes because they refuse to learn how to correctly hold the club.

Here’s a great video from the Golf Channel showing exactly how to hold the club. Watch Here

3) Buy some practice equipment and use it

There is great equipment out there for backyard practice. Before you go to the golf course, par 3, or driving range, use these aids first.

  • Foam Golf Ball-Practice small swings to full swings without fear of breaking a window or hitting a ball into your neighbor’s yard. Buy Here.
  • Birdie Ball-Better than a foam golf ball but more expensive. You can also hit these at any speed, and they’ll go a fraction of the distance. They have a more accurate flight than a foam golf ball and are more satisfying to hit. Buy Here.
  • Target Net-This will give you a real feeling of hitting a golf ball but without the carnage. Find used practice mats to hit off at your local driving range for cheap or buy new. Buy a target net here: Buy Here.

 

4) Practice chipping in your yard

After you’ve spent some time with the practice equipment it’s time to start with the real thing. Chipping is the basis for every swing. (But on a small scale) Spend a few days chipping real golf balls at a park or your backyard into a bucket or umbrella. Get used to some basic aiming and start to develop some feel. Here’s an excellent video on how to chip by Phil Mickelson Watch Here

5) Head to a driving range

Before heading out to a course spend some time at a driving range getting used to what full swings with real golf balls feels like. You don’t want your first time at a course to be a 6 hours vacation in the woods, so spend a few days making sure you can at least hit in the direction of where you are aiming! Watch Michael Breed talks about the golf swing here: Watch Here

6) Go to a Par 3 course

A Par 3 course is a small golf course made up of entirely par 3s. This means every hole is short and “should” take 3 strokes to get in the hole. You will only need a wedge, short iron, and putter at a course like this. If you can score well on a par 3, you are ready for the full course.

7) Do a scramble with friends at a full course

If you’re feeling like your golf game is ready for the next step, find a friend who also wants to learn how to play golf and go out on a full course. It might feel daunting at first but ask any professional golfer what their favorite way of practicing is, and they’ll tell you it’s playing with friends.

The great part about a scramble is there is no pressure. A golf scramble is when players are assigned to each other in a random pairing and everyone hits from the same spot on the fairway. You’ll get out of it what you put into it so just have fun with your friends!

8) Play a round on an EASY full course

Use this link to find a course near you: https://www.golfnow.com/course-directory

I would also recommend golfnow.com for tee time booking and oncoursegolf.com is a great resource to find courses in your area that have deals going on right now or just want to learn more about the course when you are there.

There are lots of courses to choose from but do yourself a favor and pick an easy one. Save the $100/round course for when you’re a scratch golfer. You can have an amazing time and be challenged at hundreds of courses that aren’t hosting PGA Tour events. How about this rule: If you can shoot even par at the easiest course in your city you get to play a hard course.

Not only will you save lots of money you will have WAY more fun. That’s why you wanted to start right?

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